Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal has said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh must appear before the joint parliamentary committee (JPC) constituted to probe the 2G scam to clear blot on his name.
Addressing a gathering at Abohar, a sub-division of Fazilka district, Sukhbir said it was imperative for a person like Manmohan Singh that too holding the post of Prime Minister to clear the nagging doubts in the minds of people regarding his direct, indirect or tacit involvement in the Rs. 1.76-lakh crore scam that shook foundations of economy of the country.
Entire world was watching keenly that how India investigates this scam and "the Prime Minister, like Caesar's wife, must be above suspicion," he said.
Non-appearance of the Prime Minister and the then finance minister P Chidambaram before the JPC would strengthen the suspicion that Congress-led UPA government does not want truth to come out, Sukhbir charged.
Alleging that the Congress was the fountainhead of corruption, the deputy CM said it was unfortunate that the UPA-2 had a dubious distinction of being involved in scams pertaining to Commonwealth Games, Adarsh housing society, 2G spectrum, coal and chopper deal. "The Congress kept on ranting the coalition dharma to justify these scams, which not only hit hard the economy of the country but also tarnished the image of the nation worldwide."
Sukhbir maintained that it was matter of great worry that due to opaque decision-making process and scams, international investors had been reluctant to invest in the country and economic growth rate had plunged to 2.5%, lowest in the century.
Charging the union government with arm-twisting states and forcing them to levy unfriendly taxes, Badal said the notifications of the Centre released by Akali Dal clearly show that the SAD-BJP government never wanted to impose property tax and it was forced upon it by the union government.
"Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Partap Singh Bajwa was making desperate attempts to remain in news through illogical accusations against the SAD-BJP government while the reality was that the Punjab voters had shown the anti-Punjab Congress its standing in public eyes with successive drubbings," Sukhbir said.
The state would be linked with four- /six-lane roads, for which the state government had cleared an ambitious project worth Rs. 20,000 crore, Sukhbir claimed.
The deputy CM said Punjab is all set to unveil new industrial investment policy and real estate policy in next few days, which would be catalytic in ushering in new era of accelerated development.
Earlier, Sukhbir laid the foundation stone of a drain to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 21 crore at Abul Khurana and also inaugurated a new OPD in civil hospital, which will be constructed at a cost of Rs. 5.45 crore. The deputy CM also announced a health insurance scheme of Rs. 30,000 for poor families besides laying the foundation stone of the Rs. 34-crore Lambi distributory.